The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops for Wisconsin

Join UW-Madison Division of Extension as they search for new crops for Wisconsin growers, processors, and consumers.  The strength of Wisconsin’s agricultural economy is its diversity…something that doesn’t just happen by chance.  It is a product of the relentless drive of researchers and farmers to innovate, explore, and experiment.  Join us for a glimpse into the exciting new research and development bringing new crops and diversity to Wisconsin.
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“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space”
                                                                                       – George Koepp

Meet The Cutting Edge Team

Jason Fischbach George Keopp Jerry Clark Joe Zimbric

Jason Fischbach

Producer, Co-Host

Agriculture Agent Ashland/Bayfield Counties

Carl Duley

Co-Host

Agriculture Agent

Buffalo County

George Koepp

Co-Host

Agriculture Agent

Columbia County

Ashley Olson

Co-Host

Agriculture Educator

Vernon County

Jerry Clark

Co-Host

Agriculture Educator

Chippewa County

Joe Zimbric

Co-Host

Agriculture Educator

Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties

 

Episodes

Episode #1:  Industrial Hemp

Recorded May 21, 2020

Hosts Jerry Clark and Carl Duley discuss industrial hemp with guest Dr. Heather Darby, Extension Agronomy Specialist with the University of Vermont.

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Episode #2:  Hazelnuts

Recorded June 3, 2020
Hosts Jerry Clark and Ashley Olson discuss hazelnuts in the Upper Midwest with guests Jason Fischbach, UW-Extension Agriculture Agent, and Lois Braun, Research Scientist with University of Minnesota.  Lois and Jason have coordinated the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative since 2007.

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Episode #3: Hops

Recorded June 16, 2020

Hosts Carl Duley and George Koepp interview Peggy and Randy Urness of Fine Bine Farms.  Peggy and Randy discuss how they grow, harvest, process, and sell hops in Wisconsin.

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Episode #4: Kernza

Recorded June 22, 2020

Hosts Carl Duley and Jason Fischbach interview guests Colin Cureton, Supply Chain Development Specialist with the University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative and Valentin Picasso, UW-Madison Assistant Professor of Forage and Grazing. The interview covers efforts to develop intermediate wheatgrass into a crop for the Upper Midwest.

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Episode #5: Malting Barley

Recorded July 23, 2020

Hosts Carl Duley and Jerry Clark interview Dr. Pat Hayes and his malting barley crew at Oregon State University about breeding and growing malting barley for terroir-based flavor.

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Episode #6: Prairie STRIPS

Recorded July 23, 2020

Hosts Joe Zimbric and Jerry Clark interview Iowa State’s Tim Youngquist and Omar de Kok-Mercado about Prairie STRIPS (Science-Based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips).  Prairie STRIPS are strategically placed native prairie plantings designed to intercept stormwater, build soil, and provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife in row-crop fields.

 



Field Notes: Hazelnuts – July 27

Recorded July 27, 2020

UW-Extension Agriculture Agent and UMHDI hazelnut researcher walks around his hazelnut field (in a storm) in late-July and provides information on doing yield ratings, getting ready for harvest, scouting for wildlife, and (ouch!) bald-faced hornets.

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